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    Tag: concessions

    'Once upon a 7 AM dreary'

    By Nick, Section News
    Posted on Tue Mar 10, 2009 at 07:49:10 AM EST
    Tags: UAW, concessions, Ford, Big 3, Pontiac, Public schools, lay offs, economy, unemployment (all tags)

    Its raining outside.  Its been raining outside for the last four days now and really, isn't that the way it should be in Michigan these days?  Now, yeah, there's the whole "seasons" thing what with the supposed end of winter (I still had a few mounds of snow on my front yard right up until last night) and the beginning of spring.  In like a lion and out like a lamb and blah blah blah.

    But really isn't it much more likely that the universe understands what we're going through as a state and figured it'd pitch in with the appropriate mood lighting and soundtrack?  

    Even when there are glimmers that the winter is going to break and that sixty degree days are around the corner, things like the news that the UAW finally agreed to what passes for a concession or two with Ford we're reminded in the next paragraph that there isn't a deal anywhere close to done with GM and Chrysler.

    Those "concessions," by the way... they're things like giving up one paid federal holiday, going without a Christmas BONUS at the end of 2009 and suspending annual pay raises.  

    I don't think I've ever gotten an annual pay raise myself, but that's neither here nor there and I don't begrudge any employee anywhere in the state from getting whatever he or she can for his honest day's work.  You can get someone to sign on the dotted line, bully for you.  

    But memo to Big Labor leadership: Don't lecture the rest of the nation about how rough you've got it at $73.50 an hour when hundreds of thousands of Michigan workers aren't pulling down that much a day.  Especially with work hours, pay and benefits being cut everywhere these days, not just in UAW shops.

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